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Re: Electronic Accessories

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

I have uploaded an image of the free Ulysse Speedo app to the VK3CKC - Trikes photo album. This app has many features that do not require an Internet connection. Speed display is provided by GPS. I have used it off and on for a number of years. The paid version that I now have is only a couple of dollars from memory. I intend to have it displayed on a 10.1" tablet under testing on my Warrior. The tablet will also be used to control my video camera.

A really nice feature is the ability to launch any app from within the display once it is set up. Well worth a look.

Re: Planned Ride

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Sunday, July 14, Bike Bendigo Community Ride

Officially starts in the McIvor Park Estate, Junortoun: at the playground on Inverness Drive, and finishes at the Strath Football Netball Club. I will be riding the O'Keefe trail to near where it crosses the McIvor Hwy, Junortoun, to meet up with anyone who wants venture ou from Bendigo on the Trail, planning to leave the Trail at McIvor Hwy about 9.40am to go to the playground at Inverness Street. I will be Tail End Charlie for this ride. We can go for a coffee at the Strath shopping centre after leaving the Football Netball Club.

Re: Electronic Accessories

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

My current trike construction has led me down a number of intermediate paths towards future electronic accessories for when it is completed. The first of these was the previously described lighting. I have almost completed the installation of a temporary "dashboard" to my Warrior trike to facilitate testing and shakedown. A suitable mount for a tablet has been fashioned. This tablet will be the main display and will show the Ulysse Speedo and also the image that my video camera is taking. In order to avoid a number of switches and wiring, I have a smaller tablet that will be used for a number of control functions including the lighting and stepper motor camera rotation.

How do I intend to implement all that? Research led me to a free downloadable computer app called MIT App Inventor. This app provides drag and drop creation of display and functionality with either a small screen device emulation or direct casting to your phone or tablet via WiFi through the companion app, MIT AI2 Companion. Together, these apps can create an installable app for your phone or tablet that will allow you to control an Arduino or similar micro. It is quite easy to use with little understanding of programming. Logic functions are also drag and drop. The process is to design the display and then drag and drop the required logic, connecting them like a jigsaw puzzle. There are many YouTube "How to" videos that can help you along. So far I have been positioning buttons and integrating speech synthesis that provides speech confirmation of the button presses. Much more to come yet.

Worth a look if you are looking for some design-your-own Android phone app operation.

Re: New file uploaded to pedalradio@groups.io

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

I have uploaded an image of a 5 x 5V USB power supply module the Accessories picture album. It is about to be installed on my Warrior trike for testing.

Bicycle Network Visits Bendigo 16th and 17th August

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Bicycle Network is visiting Bendigo on the 6th and 17th August to take a few rides around Bendigo and to discuss needed bicycle infrastucture for Bendigo. Details can be seen at https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/members-pedal/?utm_source=sedm-06.08&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Membership-2019&utm_content=Bendigo-pedal

An opportunity to become acquainted with what Bicycle Network is about. I will be trying to make the Bridge Hotel part at least.
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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Re: Bike Bendigo Community Ride Sunday 11th August

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Details from Bike Bendigo:

Join us for a Bike Bendigo Community Bike Ride this Sunday!

A smooth ride away from traffic along the fabulous Bendigo Creek Trail - for riders of all abilities, at your own pace.

Our August ride is on Sunday the 11th - what better way experience nature in a supported environment? It's an 8 km ride (one way) from Golden Square through to Crusoe Reservoir in Kangaroo Flat.

Starting at 10 am (sharp) at the start of the creek trail near the main road underpass near 640 Hargreaves Street, the ride is mostly gentle heading up Bendigo Creek, before doing a circuit of the wonderful Crusoe Reservoir and returning to the start.

The whole ride is away from traffic apart from some road crossings.

Shorter Options - if you wish to shorten the ride you can:
- wait for our group along the trail somewhere and join us as we ride past for as long as you please; and/or
- accompany us as far as either Cooinda Park (2.7 kms one way) or the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre (3.5 kms one way) and turn around and take yourself back.

Bike Bendigo Community Ride Sunday 11th August

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Not sure where the first advce ended up.

Details from Bike Bendigo:

Join us for a Bike Bendigo Community Bike Ride this Sunday!

A smooth ride away from traffic along the fabulous Bendigo Creek Trail - for riders of all abilities, at your own pace.

Our August ride is on Sunday the 11th - what better way experience nature in a supported environment? It's an 8 km ride (one way) from Golden Square through to Crusoe Reservoir in Kangaroo Flat.

Starting at 10 am (sharp) at the start of the creek trail near the main road underpass near 640 Hargreaves Street, the ride is mostly gentle heading up Bendigo Creek, before doing a circuit of the wonderful Crusoe Reservoir and returning to the start.

The whole ride is away from traffic apart from some road crossings.

Shorter Options - if you wish to shorten the ride you can:
- wait for our group along the trail somewhere and join us as we ride past for as long as you please; and/or
- accompany us as far as either Cooinda Park (2.7 kms one way) or the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre (3.5 kms one way) and turn around and take yourself back.

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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Bicycle Network - Bendigo Visit August 16th and 17th.

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Catch up with Bicycle Network in Bendigo. Visit details can be found at: https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/rides-and-events/members-pedal/
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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Bike Bendigo Community Ride Sept 8.

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Starts at Eaglehawk Public Playspace, Lake Neangar, Eaglehawk and runs on the Mulga Bill Trail. Only a few kilometres this month. I'm officially Tail End Charlie si I will have to be there.
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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Sunday, Sept 15

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

For those who may be interested in attending:

Weather permitting, I plan to trailer to Lake Weeroona, arriving about 2.30pm. Will spend around an hour there before riding to the Bendigo Library to meet Bike Bendigo Committee members for a riding tour of the proposed Gov Hub area and other areas of interest for the purpose of identifying cycling infrastructure requirements. Timing is 4pm to 5.30pm.
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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

SLA Battery Rejuvenation #chat

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

A new chat has been created:

Hi All.

Do any of you have any sick SLA batteries? I recently discovered that my two 9AH SLAs had become more than a little sick after sitting around for a while and were not appropriately responding to charging. They were also immediately dropping to 9-10V with only 150mA of discharge current. I recalled that I had been going to try something that I had seen in a YouTube video quite a while back. This is how it all went:

1: Carefully remove the top panel from the battery with a knife or screwdriver to reveal the rubber caps on the cells.
2: Remove the rubber caps.
3: Top up each cell with water. Yes, that's right, the video mentioned water but I would use distilled water.
4: Replace cell caps and top panel.
5: Charge.

I didn't have any distilled water left, so I used tap water after considering I really had nothing to lose. The charging process took longer than it had recently been taking. The immediate voltage drop no longer occurred and now, all looks fine again. It seems that the main cause of this SLA "sickness" is that they dry out.

I do have another battery that I labelled as usable, plus some I was given as no longer usable that I will also try to rejuvenate. Worth a try

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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

eLecTricks #chat

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

A new chat has been created:

I have been working "behind the scenes" for quite a while on my eLecTricks trike. It was put on hold due to testing a few things on my Warrior so that they would be ready for when the time came, sort of making progress without it being visible. However, I am now back into working on eLecTricks.

eLecTricks things that are now installed on the Warrior for testing:

Arduino-controlled lighting. Working well but a few convenience modifications for the future.
Installation of a 10.1" tablet for navigation, speed display, whatever tablets can do. Just great.
12V battery and main trike battery monitoring. Can now see what is happening.
Completely replaced the mid-drive with the Hilgo transmission from eLecTricks - modified. I have another implementation for eLecTricks to make installation even easier. I have used it for about 30km and it works great.
A 10W solar panel for topping up the 12V battery.
5V USB power supplies. Some modifications required for the future.

A transporting system has been fitted to my 6x4 trailer to make loading/unloading very easy. Easily modified for carrying two trikes.

Testing these items on the Warrior has been very revealing and I have decided to "reinvent" eLecTricks to make the end result even better. The MTB rear end is being replaced with a new rear end, designed to accommodate the Hilgo transmission and other components. As it stands at the moment, the rear dropouts and chainstays have been made, the transmission and rear suspension pivot have been designed, the front suspension is where I left off. The next step, today, is to get a couple of spacers made so that I can get the combined rear suspension pivot and mid-drive completed.

I will use this chat for updates on the build. It has been a long time coming but should now move forward reasonably quickly by comparison. Feel free to comment as you see fit. I might create a special photo album for the build. You can also follow construction on the Atomic Zombie site at: https://www.atomiczombie.com/forum/threads/vk3ckcs-electricks-trike-design-and-build.21/page-4#post-3879.

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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Bike Bendigo Community Ride - Sunday Nov 10th

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

The Bike Bendigo Community Ride for tomorrow, Nov 10th starts 10.00am at Bobs Street/O'Keefe Rail Trail to McIvor Highway, Junortoun.

See you there.
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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Re: eLecTricks #chat

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

I have now built my own rear end, suspension pivot and Hilgo mid-drive. Starting on the rest of the front end and seat in coming week.

Re: eLecTricks #chat

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

A few more images have been uploaded to the eLecTricks photo album.